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Philosophical Bikernet Weekly News for March 28, 2019

It's all Deep and Meaningful as We Search for the Truth...

By Bandit, Rogue, Art Hall, Barry Green, Sam Burns, Laura, the Redhead, the Wayfarer and the rest of the crew.

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I just finished a 36-episode series on the big questions of Philosophy by David Kyle Johnson Ph.d, King’s University.
I never knew the actual meaning of philosophy until I watched this. This guy went to college to study religion and ended up a philosopher. I would like to know the story behind his shift.

Anyway, philosophy is the study of truth. I thought it was just the notion of thought or your mantra, or notions about anything, but no. Philosophers are truth seekers. The big questions are about God, Freedom, Government, etc. And of course, he explains the various thinking notions from philosophers throughout the ages. The last lecture is the biggie, the Meaning of Life. Or does life have meaning. Actually, it does and it doesn’t.

Let’s hit the news. This shit is deep and we just want to ride.

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NASA's first all-female spacewalk scrapped over spacesuit sizes--

A planned first all-female spacewalk has been cancelled because of spacesuit issues, US space agency Nasa says.

Anne McClain and Christina Koch had been scheduled to install lithium-ion batteries at the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday.

But Nasa says there is only one ready medium-size hard upper torso spacesuit that fits best each of the two women.
The spacesuits available at the ISS are in fact assemblies of several parts put together as best adapted to each astronaut's body, Brandi Dean, spokeswoman of the Johnson Space Center in Houston, was quoted as saying by the AFP news agency.

So far only male or mixed male-female teams have conducted spacewalks.

News at BBC

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LET’S TAKE A BREAK FOR A TRULY DIRE ANOUNCEMENT? The owner of the Patriots, a 99-year-old fuck, is apologizing for getting a handjob in a handjob salon

Prostitution should be Legal as it has been going on in one form or another since the beginning of humans.

The taxpayers would benefit as well

The cops maybe not so much

So, in the meantime continue to use it or it will dry up and you will not be able to some day.

-- Rogue
Melbourne, FL


Beers, breakdowns, waves, repeat.

Since the 1940s, people have been taking the trip to Baja to ride motorcycles.
Thoughout the 1960s, other were making the same pilgrimage for the waves.
In the Summer of 2018, six friends, four custom bikes with surf racks, and a ’63 Chevy panel wagon made the trip to do both.

Deus Ex Machina presents ‘DEATH RIDES A HORSE’ our latest feature film directed by Dustin Humphrey, the man behind South to Sian.

Featuring Forrest Minchinton, Harrison Roach, Zye Norris, Matt Cuddihy, Lewie Dunn, Micah Davis and others.


Want to get a sneak peek at what the film is all about? Come along to one of our advanced ‘sneak peek’ screenings happening around the world over the coming weeks – CLICK TO CHECK OUT EVENT SCREENINGS

TEXAS HOUSE Passes Bill Legalizing Lemonade Stands Run By Children--

Taxing Children's Lemonade to "change" - The bill, sponsored by Texas Rep. Matt Krause (R), legalizes temporary lemonade stands and other stands selling non-alcoholic beverages operated by minors on both private property or public parks, The Dallas Morning News reported.

Lemonade stands operated by minors were previously illegal in Texas because of sanitation concerns. The law prohibits the sale of any food items that could spoil without proper temperature control and lemonade is included. In addition to a permit, a health inspection must take place before a permit is granted.

Krause said the idea to legalize the stands came after County Time Lemonade ran a promotion called “Legal-Ade” that paid for fines and permits for children in the US who couldn’t legally operate lemonade stands.

The bill now moves to the Senate for approval.

Kids across the country are getting busted for operating lemonade stands without a permit.

In 2015, Texas sisters Andria, 8, and Zoey Green, 7, wanted to raise about $100 for a Father’s Day present. Police showed up and shut the lemonade stand down because the Green sisters did not have a “Peddler’s Permit,” which comes with a $150 fee.

In 2018, Denver police shut down the charity lemonade stand of Knowles brothers.

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STURGIS MUSEUM MOTORCYCLE Hall of Fame Highlight--Class of 2019

The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame is featuring Hall of Fame Highlights of this year's outstanding new group of inductees. Here is a glimpse at what they had to say. For the full story join us at the 2019 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (tickets available below). Congratulations and welcome Jill Parham.

*Please note: Hall of Fame Highlights will be published as we receive them from the Inductees. We look forward to sharing information about all of our Inductees in the weeks and months to come.

Jill Parham
It is rare that a husband and wife can work closely side by side in the same business. In 1979 Jill helped expand company focus from swap meets to mail-order parts sales. After working two jobs for over 10 years, and now seeing some family income from J&P Cycles, Jill quit her job in 1991 and moved to J&P Cycles full time.

Eventually, J&P Cycles became the world's largest retailer of aftermarket motorcycle parts and accessories. In the period of the Industry’s greatest growth, Jill became a pioneer in the motorcycle industry, one of the early women leaders in a historically male-centric industry.

Jill continues to inspire women in the motorcycle industry and comments on her contributions to J&P Cycles, ”Relationships were very important to John and me and I did very well establishing some of those". Jill says one of the events which really brought growth and expanded the J&P Cycles customer base was the Sturgis Rally.

It is fitting that Jill is honored in 2019 as it marks 40 years of her dedication to motorcycling and motorcycle riders as well as the 40th anniversary of company she co-founded, J&P Cycles.

This induction is on behalf of John and Jill’s many great friends, the thousands of employee riders of J&P Cycles over the past 40 years and its millions of customers. The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame is honored to recognize Jill Parham’s contributions to motorcycling and supports the preservation of her legacy.

Learn more about Jill Parham and all of the 2019 Hall of Fame Inductees on August 7, 2019 at the annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

KEVIN BAAS’ Chopper class revs up Lakeville North manufacturing and engineering program--Ryley Anderson works on a seat assembly for a modified '98 Harley at Lakeville North High School on Thursday, March 21, 2019. Anderson, a junior, is one of the students in an advanced Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology class, taught by Kevin Baas, where they design and build motorcycles. (Scott Takushi / Pioneer Press)

Kevin Baas’ “aha” moment as an educator came in 2003 when he began riding a 1958 Harley-Davidson Sportster to Kennedy High School, where he taught a metals class.

Students could not help but notice — and hear — when the tattooed teacher pulled up to the Bloomington school. They would surround him, ask about his bike.

“These were kids who were not in my class, but I could see they were excited about bikes,” Baas recalled this week. “I said, ‘Stop in my class and we’ll strip this bike down and work on it.’ And kids started signing up.”

Baas soon started a motorcycle-building club after school, and enrollment in his metals class doubled the next year.

“I saw that light bulb,” Baas said. “I realized this was something I need to push.”

Now, Baas teaches the program at Lakeville North High School as a manufacturing, engineering and technology instructor. The 45-year-old, who started in Lakeville last school year, didn’t have to do much convincing to get the job.

“We actively pursued him,” Principal Marne Berkvam said this week. “We knew what he did at Kennedy, how he turned things around there. He came here with an even bigger vision.”

This weekend, Baas’ students will compete with other custom motorcycle builds as part of the 32nd annual Donnie Smith Bike Show at the St. Paul RiverCentre. Last year’s student-built bike, which placed second, will be on display at Lakeville North’s booth.

Baas has been taking student-built bikes to the show since 2005, attracting big crowds and earning lots of awards. The show is considered the largest custom bike show in the Midwest.

“We were winning first place, gosh … probably eight years in a row,” Baas said of his time at Kennedy, where he spent 22 years.

Kennedy offered students a separate “Chopper Class,” as it was officially known, with full credit. It was replicated by a few other schools, including at St. Francis High in the north metro and at one outside Buffalo, N.Y.

In Lakeville, the curriculum is for higher-level manufacturing and engineering students who show interest and a drive in building motorcycles.

Berkvam, the school’s principal, said she helped recruit Baas from Kennedy in the summer of 2017 after hearing about the work he was doing there.

Berkvam said Lakeville North’s shop area “needed some TLC,” and the school wanted to go in a different direction.

Twin Cities Pioneer Press

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Mexicans Are Stealing Border Wall Materials, Using Them For Home Security--

Whatever adjectives you might use to describe a border wall ? “big” or perhaps even “beautiful” ? “readily stolen” is not likely one of them.

Unnamed Mexican officials told San Diego’s KUSI-TV that 15 to 20 people have been arrested for stealing concertina wire from the U.S.-Mexico border and selling it to security-minded homeowners in Tijuana.

U.S. troops installed the fencing in November 2018 at the urging of President Donald Trump, who was concerned about a “caravan” of migrants.

“We have detected that the barbed wire that was installed in the border area is no longer there,” Marco Antonio Sotomayor Amezcua, the secretary of public safety in Tijuana, confirmed to the San Diego Union-Tribune. “We know about the stealing of the concertina [wire] from United States authorities who have asked us for help through the liaison staff.”

Though Mexican authorities told the Union-Tribune that those arrested were mostly Mexican citizens, one Tijuana resident who had the wire installed said the man who sold it to her sure didn’t seem Mexican.

The woman, identified as “Veronica,” told the newspaper El Sol de Tijuana that the man had blue eyes, blonde hair, and didn’t speak Spanish well.

The residents paid 40 pesos to have the razor-sharp fencing material installed outside their homes, reported Tijuana’s XEWT-12 TV. That’s equivalent to $2.10.



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-- Paul
Charlotte, NC

Marcus Cuff took me to a Ralph Lauren Vintage clothing store on Melrose not long ago. It was a Twilight Zone experience. So, you stumble into a bar and the bouncer is wearing a denim jacket splattered with paint. So, you ask yourself, “Did he just paint his garage or is he wearing a pricey Ralph Lauren jacket?” I’m confused?


ALL-NEW BST Torque TEK Carbon Fiber Wheel Steals the Show at the Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show 2019

The all-new BST Torque TEK carbon fiber wheel was a huge hit this year at the 32nd Annual Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show. The geometrical shapes of this new design (specifically targeting the V-Twin market) offer the enthusiast the opportunity to personalize the look with tones of chrome, 6 clearcoat color combinations, 3 different finishes and 6 different sizes, including a new 26-inch front (shown).

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VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE RUNS TO THE HIMALAYAS--If we say: steep hillside mountains, sacred lakes, lunar landscapes... does it make you think of something? 
Yes, today we take you to the Indian Himalayas.

From the alpine reliefs of Himachal Pradesh to the mineral universe of Ladakh,
our motorcycle tours in this mythical region take you for a ride on the highest summits. We organize bike holidays of all levels (accessible, intermediate and demanding), united by a single common goal: breathtaking change of scenery.

"Trans-Himalayan", does it ring a bell? Dream of any biker, for over 12 years
we’ve been running this exclusive motorcycle tour with a demanding itinerary.
Our experience has teached us that it's important to stay on the cutting edge
of the best motorcycle adventures, even in the regions we know by heart.

So, we worked on some novelties for 2019: riding to the Sach Pass, a pass
higher than the Rothang and much less crowded. Far from the perfect bitumen
passes, you progress on one of the most beautiful portions of Himalayan off-road, in a majestic and mineral decor.

Lovers of the region can rest assured : we still ride through the Tibetan plateau,
as well as Tso Kar and Tso Moriri lakes, until reaching Leh and
Kardung-La (5370 m), the apotheosis of a motorcycle tour in Ladakh.

The Trans-Himalayan
15 days incl. 10 days riding
Level: demanding
Departure from 26 June to 10 July 2019


Look for the Tucker Rig at Arizona Bike Week--The Tucker Rally Rig will be on-site at Arizona Bike Week April 3rd through the 7th at WestWorld of Scottsdale.

This year’s event will be action-packed with five days of bike shows, flat track racing, demo and benefit rides, stunt shows, concerts and more. Stop by the vendor area and say hello if you’re in attendance.

For full event schedule visit:

For more information about Tucker, visit To become an authorized Tucker dealer, visit the Tucker Dealer Partner page at

Feel free to drop me an email or a call with any questions or further needs.

--Dale Spangler
Tucker Powersports / 208.484.8263

JIMS 4340 Chromoly Steel Pushrods & Solid Adjustable Tappet Kit for Shovelheads

Despite advancements in hydraulic lifters, solids are still the way to go for maximum power. Most engine builders agree that solid lifters can withstand more aggressive cam profiles and higher RPM.

Just because your engine is an older Shovelhead design doesn’t mean you have to settle for anything less than the best. For $520.20 MSRP, JIMS® is proud to offer a top quality 4340 steel pushrod and adjustable solid lifter kit (Part No. 5525) for Shovelhead Engines. For more information please contact us at (805) 482-6913, email us at, or visit

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Autonomous Car History—This notion has been around since the ‘20s.

Experiments have been conducted on self-driving cars since at least the 1920s; promising trials took place in the 1950s and work has proceeded since then.

The first self-sufficient and truly autonomous cars appeared in the 1980s, with Carnegie Mellon University's Navlab and ALV projects in 1984 and Mercedes-Benz and Bundeswehr University Munich's Eureka Prometheus Project in 1987.

In 1925, Houdina Radio Control demonstrated the radio-controlled "American Wonder" on New York City streets, traveling up Broadway and down Fifth Avenue through the thick of the traffic jam. The American Wonder was a 1926 Chandler that was equipped with a transmitting antennae on the tonneau and was operated by a second car that followed it and sent out radio impulses which were caught by the transmitting antennae.

Achen Motor, a distributor of cars in Milwaukee and surrounding territory, used Francis' invention under the name "Phantom Auto" and demonstrated it in December 1926 on the streets of Milwaukee. It was demonstrated again in June 1932 on the streets of Fredericksburg as a feature attraction of Bigger Bargain Day, in which most of the merchants of the city were participating.

An early representation of an automated guided car was Norman Bel Geddes's Futurama exhibit sponsored by General Motors at the 1939 World's Fair, which depicted radio-controlled electric cars that were propelled via electromagnetic fields provided by circuits embedded in the roadway.

In 1953, RCA Labs successfully built a miniature car that was guided and controlled by wires that were laid in a pattern on a laboratory floor.

In 1957, a full size system was successfully demonstrated by RCA Labs and the State of Nebraska on a 400-foot strip of public highway at the intersection of U.S. Route 77 and Nebraska Highway 2, then just outside Lincoln, Nebraska. A series of experimental detector circuits buried in the pavement were a series of lights along the edge of the road.

The detector circuits were able to send impulses to guide the car and determine the presence and velocity of any metallic vehicle on its surface. A previous test installation of the system in September 1954 along U.S. Route 73 and U.S. Route 75 in Cass County, Nebraska was utilized as an experimental traffic counter. It was developed in collaboration with General Motors, who paired two standard models with equipment consisting of special radio receivers and audible and visual warning devices that were able to simulate automatic steering, accelerating and brake control.

ATTACHED - street intersection in the City of the Future; detail of the Futurama exhibit at the 1939 New York World's Fair

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Re: U.S. Politicians Cheer New Zealand Gun Confiscation--U.S. Politicians Cheer New Zealand Gun Confiscation Policy.
American gun owners have once again been reminded that the ultimate goal of U.S. gun control advocates is firearms bans and confiscation. Since the heinous terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, American anti-gun politicians, activists, and media outlets have offered their full-throated support for the New Zealand government’s efforts to ban and confiscate firearms from law-abiding gun owners.

The above is full of bullshit. After a massacre in Australia the govt banned semi automatic rifles but they PAID all gun owners for turning in these particular guns. Gun ownership is high in Australia with pretty well all types of rifles, shot guns and pistols available to licensed owners.

Doc Robinson
Somerton Park, SA, Australia
Saturday, March 30, 2019
"Regarding the meaning of life, it’s really up to us to make up our minds on a daily basis." - Keith R Ball

That's the gist of all philosophy. There is nothing external to joy - the peace, joy, love is all within.

Like Abraham Lincoln said, "Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be."

from the Gray Mountain
Friday, March 29, 2019
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